When it is time to book a summer vacation, we want to find something with a little bit of luxury where we can afford it. This is our chance to detach from the real world and treat ourselves for a change. A great way to do this is to head to one of the best destinations in Europe. There are lots of long-standing favourites and new trends that can offer a luxury trip this year and here are the ultimate destinations for luxury vacations in 2019 :
The first choice in this guide is the Balearics. There was a time when the Balearics were synonymous with youth culture and partying. Groups would flock to Ibiza for massive club night they struggled to remember when they got home. However, there is another side to Ibiza and its sister islands of Minorca, Majorca and Formentera. There are some great luxury villas in some of the more scenic regions. It is also possible to find nice restaurants in traditional villages away from the drunken crowds.
Montenegro is on the cusp of becoming the absolute must-visit location in Europe. The recent split from Serbia means we have a country forming its own identity and marketing itself on its culture, scenery and cuisine. For now, this means that you can have a quiet, luxury break in stunning locations for a reasonable price. Find a private apartment near the mountains or the shore and unwind. There is a good chance that while Montenegro is the secret must-visit location for 2019, it will be on many more lists for 2020. Therefore, you should make the most of the chance to say you were there before it was popular and overcrowded.
Santorini and Mykonos:
Santorini and Mykonos are often seen as family-favourites and popular tourist spots for anyone heading to Greece on holiday. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find a little luxury here too. There are some great resorts on both islands that are more for couples with a little more disposable income. There are also some high-end restaurants with great sea views. Mykonos may be more of a party island, but there is more to it than that. Santorini is iconic with its architecture and traditional feel. Of course, you could always see both islands with a luxury yacht charter.
If you can get away from the more tourist-friendly spots in Venice, it is possible to have a more luxurious break at a quieter pace. There are some great 5 star restaurants and hotels across the city as well as hidden treasures of art, history and culture. It is worth researching the city and planning your trip for the best spots. Also, consider a trip to the island of Burano for a different perspective.
Croatia has become such a popular choice of destination that some people may worry that it isn’t possible to have a quiet, luxury break any more. This doesn’t have to be the case if you head to Split. There will still be people here trying to recreate GOT scenes. But, it can be a little more chilled. There are lots of great historical locations and quirky neighbourhoods to explore at your own pace. A stroll along the Riva promenade feels as though you are in the French Riviera. There is also an array of high-end hotels and restaurants.
Finally, there are fewer places that scream the word luxury more than the French Riviera itself. This has long been the go-to destination for the rich and famous and it isn’t hard to see why. The coastline of this region is stunning and offers great views of the Mediterranean. However, there is still no doubt that you are still in France with the fine cuisine and architecture. The whole region is full of great luxury experiences – from hotels, spas, restaurants and shopping – that you are spoiled for choice.
In short, there are lots of different choices in Europe for finding the ultimate destinations for luxury vacations. Some of these options may be obvious to some extent, but they are popular tourist spots for a good reason. Others will be less familiar because of their recent appeal and location. Don’t be afraid to look into a destination that is out of the ordinary.